I Should Have Been A Boy
This is a note April received in the mail from a sister-in Christ:
I agree with you, that The Beauty Project event taking place in my favorite place, Ocean Grove, NJ on Sat. April 29, 2023 is just what teenage girls need at this stage of their lives. I know from personal experience.
God recently brought to my memory the terrible struggles I had as a teenager when I bought into the lie that I was a mistake and should have been a boy. That was a deep, dark secret that no other person knew until now. Thank God there were no medical treatments available to endeavor changing your gender back then! A suicide attempt at around age 18/19 and was not successful in taking me down either.
After getting saved and trusting Jesus as my Savior, I got healed of that ugly lie. I expressed it to other women in group therapy when I was 34 years of age. What a relief to have that heavy burden removed after all those years and accept myself as a child of the Most High God.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
Thank you and your team for all your efforts on behalf of these precious girls. The battle is raging.
I am washed by the blood, cleansed by the blood, saved by the blood and healed by the blood; and you, devil, cannot defeat the blood! Amen!
by Terryl Anderson
Have you ever thought “If only I had known _________when I was a teenager my life would have been a lot different”? On occasion I have pondered this and came up with a list of things I wish I was told.
Here’s my list of the 7 things I wish I knew when I was a teen:
Today, I have tried to instill all that I’ve learned about Jesus and His GREAT love into my two teenage girls. However, I know they cannot receive it all from me and I need other women to help teach and guide them. It does take a village.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6
The Beauty Project is a perfect opportunity for girls to learn and grow in a safe and fun atmosphere about God’s love for them and their identity in Christ.
I hope you will come with your daughter(s) and make it a priority for them so they’ll be ahead of the game in their faith, value and self-worth.
What do you wish you knew?
Online Prayer Coordinator
Her Life Speaks
Founder, Her Life Speaks
Do any of these sound familiar:
I’ve asked myself many of these questions over the years. Before I was a Believer I made decisions based on how I felt with my heart. Did my heart know which was the very best for me? Other times I made decisions based on my pride. Did I know the real estate market would crash after my purchase? Other times I made decisions based on my feelings. Feelings are the number one way the Villain likes to trick us. My trust had been broken in relationships that I never thought would.
The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left.
Ecclesiastes 2:10 NIV
DECISIONS: Seeking God’s Guidance by Donald Baker is what we’re studying in our Small Groups beginning in September. If you’re looking for answers and guidance, instead of having regret, fear, and anxiety over the decisions and choices you make, I highly encourage you to join us. Together, we’ll contemplate God’s will for our lives, how to hear it, how to know it, and how to confirm it. Thank God that he is in control of our lives. Thank God that he gives us free will. It’s our choice to go to God and listen for his answers. Let’s do it together in community!
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and he will give you everything you need.
Why I Became a U.S. Citizen
By, Maricel Bates
I am from the Philippines, and I came to the U.S. in 2002 to escape economic hardship and physical abuse. I was forced to leave my six children behind. It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made, but now, years later, I can see God was preparing the way for all of us to come to this incredible land of freedom.
All along, the Lord had an amazing plan for my life, even when I couldn’t see it. I was lonely when I first arrived here, but God provided many wonderful friends for me. I also met a wonderful American man who loves and serves the Lord with all his heart, and we were able to get married in 2008. I praise and thank God for my future, and for His plans for me.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
God prepared every step of the way for me. I have learned and seen the power of prayer and how to rely on Jesus for everything I need. He is the ultimate Provider. He has given me an opportunity to serve at a local homeless shelter and also to teach His Word. I am also honored to be the Prayer Coordinator for Her Life Speaks.
The one thing missing in my life is my children, and my heart longs to have them in the U.S. with me. In 2010, we began the process of petitioning to get them here. The paperwork takes a long time, and although we have waited 12 long years, God has provided at every step; the petitions for my children are starting to move now, so I knew and prayed that it was time for me to become an official U.S. citizen. God is so good!
Where do you see God preparing a way and providing for you?
A Citizenship Journey
By, Liz Lodriguez
I am from the Dominican Republic. It took me ten years to become a U.S. citizen, and although I faced many challenges, they helped me trust Jesus even more.
When I was in my mid-20s, I decided that I wanted to one day become a U.S. citizen. I still remember when I was introduced to my attorney with my “American Mother,” and he said the following words, "First, we will get you a student visa, then workers/religious visa, then a green card, and if you are not married by then to a U.S. citizen, we will help you become a U.S. citizen."
When the attorney was explaining this, I was wondering how I would be able to afford all the fees. Yes, I had my doubts, and I was frustrated because I wanted this process to be fast and easy. But God knew what was going to happen.
Mathew 6:8 says, “For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
My family and my church were my biggest supporters. God knew I would need an army to face this journey, so He provided one for me. When I started the journey toward my citizenship, my first visa, known as a student visa, was denied while visiting my family in the Dominican, which did not allow me to return to the U.S.
I was distraught, feeling hopeless, and almost depressed. But God had the church praying for me, and the second time that I applied for my student visa, I was approved. Through my church, I was able to obtain a religious visa and years later, I met my husband and received a green card through marriage. Yes, I got married! Jesus gave me a husband, and I became a U.S. citizen! Every step of the way, God was there.
Due to my experiences obtaining my citizenship, God has equipped me to help others. Just this year alone, I was able to help 10 individuals become U.S. Citizens! The best part of my story is how Jesus was with me every step of the way.
What journey does the Lord have you on that you are trusting him with each step?
Her Life Speaks is all about Her testimony, Her life, and who God is in Her story. Here we write our stories in hopes of helping other women find their relationship with Jesus Christ.